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Dexy Valentine of Magic Wands has taken a detour back to her roots and revamped some older dreamy goth punk rock material she had brewing prior to forming Magic Wands. Her new band Bonfire Beach which is composed of her and some friends are about release “Lit”, their debut album via Buddyhead Records on December 17th, 2013. The ten song record conjures up visions of ghosts from L.A.’s seedy rock n’ roll past ala The Cramps, Gun Club, X & The Doors while lyrically it reads much like a love letter to her city of Los Angeles, California. I sat down with Miss Valentine the other day to ask her about this new record… Here is what she had to say about it:
Travis: Describe how Bonfire Beach is different from Magic Wands and what inspired you to release this music now in 2013?
Dexy: It’s a tad bit darker and heavier, magic wands has elements of that but not
to the degree this does.
Travis: When I listen to this record I hear a lot of references to the city of Los Angeles, would you say you have a love/hate for the city?
Dexy: At the time I wrote these songs I was definitely searching for balance and went a little off the deep end, I made some references to LA and Hollywood because at the time I was writing these songs I was doing a lot of mischievous roaming through the city at night, the record is an expression of my observations.
Travis: Do you have any plans for Bonfire Beach to play some live shows?
Dexy: Yeah, I guess if time allows it’s something I’d like to do in-between recording the next Magic Wands album which will be out in 2014.
Travis: What were you inspired by at the time of writing these songs?
Dexy: At the time I was channeling things & exploring my own darkness. I wasn’t giving up on anything more like standing my ground and saying hey, don’t fuck with me world but at the same time underneath that I was really vulnerable, I don’t really write this aggressively anymore so it’s cool to reflect on it and it will be interesting to perform these songs live being I’ve been away from them for quite
I was stoked when I heard that Dexy Valentine of Magic Wands collborated with Ariel Pink on a new track titled “Walkie Talkie.” I had the opportunity to ask them a few questions about the song and what we can expect to hear from both of them in the future.
Tell us how this collaboration came about and what the song represents to both of you.
Ariel: We met about 12 years ago in L.A. and we bonded over our mutual love of The Cure. I always loved her music throughout the years. She’s been at it a long time, and she has a knack for writing songs and a great voice. So I passed along the instrumental demo to her being curious what she would come up with.
Dexy: I loved it! I love everything he does but this particular track really resonated with me. I’ve always wanted to do something with Ariel but we only recently re-connected. When I heard the keyboard line and groove, I thought this is the perfect song for me to sing on.
Dexy, what inspired the sound of “Walkie Talkie?”
We didn’t record the song together, Ariel recorded the music on his own and came over one night and played it for me and I just sang on it after he left. I’m not sure where the initial inspiration came from, the song has a really unique vibe and sound that’s reminiscent of early music by The Cure or The Glove.
Did the final product turn out to be what you initially planned?
Dexy: It turned out the way I wanted it to sound, at some point Ariel may put his own vocals/melody on it and it will be something else, It wasn’t planned at all.
What can we expect to hear from both of you this year?
Ariel: I don’t know, the next AP is still in beginning stages and I don’t know where it’s gonna go or what direction it’s gonna take.
Dexy: Magic Wands is working on a cover for a David Bowie tribute album for Cleopatra Records and we are about to release a 7 inch. Come February our album Aloha Moon will be out in Australia and then we’ll be in the studio recording our second album. I also have a new band/project called Bonfire Beach. We just released an album called Lit that’s available on iTunes, we’re also playing our first show in Hollywood on Jan 16th.
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Another video of @bonfirebeach from their show the other night. Shot by Tammy H
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Ariel Pink is one stand up Angelino, lemme tell ya. He’s also one motherfuckin’ prolific dude! If you blink allot you could miss an album, a reissue or one this dudes many collaborations (like the one he just did with Sky Ferreira) that he either properly releases or gives to his fans anyway he can. This time around he’s delivered the internet a brand new song via Soundcloud called “Walkie Talkie” which features Miss Dexy Valentine (you may know her from a small band called Magic Wands? Or maybe another band called BONFIRE BEACH? Who’s record just came out on Buddyhead, click hereto read more) laying down some silky smooth vocals! You know that Pitchfork is gonna pop a boner over this one! For the record, I’d love to see a full record birthed from these two love children!
BUDDYHEAD WORLD PREMIERE: Spindrift – “The Matador & the Fuzz”
Meet my favorite psychedelic spaghetti western rock band in the world… Spindrift! Ok, they don’t like to be called Spaghetti western so let’s go with cinematically inspired psychedelic rock, cool? Either way you slice it, they’re one of the best bands around and on top of that they happen to hail from my favorite city in the world… lovely Los Angeles, California.
Hey Quentin Tarantino, put down the donuts for a second and pay attention here… here’s your soundtrack for the Django sequel bro. Done! Boom! You’re welcome bud.
Anyhoo… Spindrift’s new album, “Ghost Of The West”, is also a feature film. Both were recorded in various Ghost Towns across the Western United Sates while on tour in October 2012. Along the way, the excursion was filmed and documented by acclaimed director Burke Roberts (check out this website @ http://burkerobertspm.com his stuff is amazing) and cinematographers JT Gurzi and Rich Ragsdale. While the Soundtrack came out 10/23/13, the feature film is due in early 2014.
In the meantime, to tied you over until the movie drops, they’re offering up a new music video for their song “The Matador and the Fuzz”. And they’re doing it in fuckin’ style by world premiering this bitch on Buddyhead. Yeah man! I always say the best music videos are full of sluts + clouds, and this one features lots of clouds so you know I’m into it. When I asked em how this song came about the band said it was “primarily inspired by the bands love of Spanish bullfighting and Nationalist music a la “Los “Romeros” as well as that of the classic recordings and orchestral arrangements of Hugo Montenegro”. All of those references are way over my head but I’m still digging it. Check it out here! World-world-world-premiere!
Spindrift – “The Matador & the Fuzz”
PHOTOS: The Icarus Line LIVE shot by AL DE PEREZ. @theicaursline @AldePerez http://www.buddyhead.com/2013/11/20/photos-the-icarus-line-live-by-al-de-perez/#.Uo1kA5HsrG4